Legal battle blocks visa of man preparing to come home

The family of Lee Chestnutt, held in Thailand on false charges for the last five years, were celebrating today after a court hearing exonerated Lee, leaving him free to leave the country.'Pick up pic of Lee.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'4-12-2012
The family of Lee Chestnutt, held in Thailand on false charges for the last five years, were celebrating today after a court hearing exonerated Lee, leaving him free to leave the country.'Pick up pic of Lee. PIC BY ROB LOCK'4-12-2012
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A MAN due to fly home this month after a three-year legal battle in Thailand has had his return to the UK blocked.

Lee Chestnutt, originally of Pilling, was accused of criminal damage by a Thai landlord three years ago. A court hearing heard he was not guilty, but the landlord appealed and Mr Chestnutt had to stay in the country until another hearing could take place.

Just before Christmas, a Thai appeal court found in favour of the original court decision and Mr Chestnutt was to be home by the end of January.

But it is now being reported the landlord has once again appealed, this time with the Supreme Court, blocking Mr Chestnutt’s visa.

For more on this story, see tomorrow’s Gazette.